When you watch a football game, you’ll often see the players stuffing mouth guards in before a big play. They’re taking an important step in keeping all their teeth intact! Now, while your daily routine may not be as rough-and-tumble as a professional football game, there may still be situations or conditions where a mouth guard is highly recommended.
Maybe you are active in a sport where you’re likely to be impacted in the mouth. A simple mouth guard could save you from a costlier implant procedure where you have to fill in the gap where teeth got knocked out. Another common condition is known as bruxism, where people clench and grind their teeth (sometimes while sleeping), accelerating tooth wear and tear.
Whatever your needs may be when it comes to mouth guards, Paramount Dental Center recognizes several different types for our patients:
- Stock mouth guards — These are pre-formed mouth guards that are molded to fit most mouth sizes. They’re generally looser and bulkier, and they impede breathing and talking. We generally do not recommend these as they don’t actually offer much in the way of protection.
- Boiled mouth guards — These mouth guards are made of a thermoplastic substance that reacts to hot water. You boil them briefly, then place the mouth guard against your teeth to try and form a basic mold.
- Customized mouth guards — If you’re looking for optimal protection, this is your best option. When you visit Paramount Dental Center, you get a custom mouth guard mold individually designed to allow for unobstructed breathing and speaking. This may cost a bit more than getting a cheap mouth guard from the nearest sporting goods store, but trust us when we say the comfort and protection are worth the investment.
Mouth guards are often made for both the upper and lower teeth. If you experience teeth grinding while asleep, a special mouth guard — known as a bite splint or bite plate — can be provided to prevent tooth damage.
If you are looking for mouth guards in Kirkland and Seattle, Washington, call us today to schedule a dental analysis with our dentists, Dr. Colin Del Rosario, Dr. Alfadhli Abu or Dr. Kathryn Parker.